President's Corner

February 2018

It’s hard to believe it is the end of February and we are already seeing the beginnings of Georgia spring. Many of us will be gearing up for seasonal sampling or the beginning of spawning activities at the hatcheries before we know it. I always enjoy this time of year as it feels like a new beginning for many things, and this year it includes my new beginning as President for this fantastic group.

The 2018 year kicked off with a very successful Georgia Chapter meeting at Unicoi State Park and Lodge. We had 120 attendees, 41 oral presentations and 8 posters. We held our first Career Panel which was well received by our student members. As always, the silent auction and raffle provided many great opportunities. Big thanks go out to our event host, volunteers and sponsors as we could not pull successful meetings off without them.

The Ex-Comm meeting is planned for April 5th at the Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele, one of the places we are considering for the 2019 meeting. Augusta is another suggested site, so stay tuned! If you have items you would like for us to discuss, please send them my way and I will add them to the agenda as time permits.

Announcements for the summer workshops will be coming soon. We have two tentatively scheduled: a FAMS workshop in mid to late June; and a fish ageing workshop the early part of August. Stay tuned for more information.

If you are interested in becoming an active part of our Chapter, please consider volunteering to be on one of our committees.

If you have ideas/suggestions for consideration, please don’t hesitate to email me (

Carolyn Belcher
Chapter President

Last updated: September 7, 2016